This weekend was fun and inspiring because I was able to attend a large rubber stamp event close to home. It was really a “paper art” event, though, because as you’ll see, this project did not involve rubber stamps at all!
At this kind of event, I like to sit and participate in the demos and “make and takes” that are offered. And sometimes, ironically, the techniques don’t even involve rubber stamps. My favorite, this time, was a fun technique called napkin collage. Sounds kind of weird, right? It’s actually a creative way to use beautiful paper napkins to create art elements.
The materials I used to make the bird piece above are all available from USArtQuest.com (I’m not affiliated, just a fan.)
Paper napkin (Good quality napkins have the prettiest designs, and European ones are gorgeous. This was a piece torn from a European napkin from USArtquest.), Perfect Paper Adhesive (I used the matte version, but there is also a glossy version.), Art Canvas (which are small, 2.5 by 3.5 heavyweight, acid free artboards. Any matboard would work I would think.), 1/2 inch flat paint brush, Crystal Effectz (finer and more iridescent than glitter), Small pointed paintbrush or Q-tips
(I’m sorry I don’t have photos of the steps–I made my piece at the stamp show! It’s really easy, though.)
- First, choose a napkin and separate the napkin layers. There are usually 3 layers to the napkins, and you only want the top, thin layer. Hint: Use a tiny piece of painter’s tape to pull the layers apart.
- Next, tear the section of the napkin to the size you need to cover the matboard, with some overlap. (If you wet the part of the napkin that you want to tear, with either a small, wet paintbrush or wet Q-tip, it will tear easily.)
- Paint the matboard with a thin coat of the Perfect Paper Adhesive.
- Adhere the napkin layer to the board.
- Paint more Perfect Paper Adhesive over the top, working outward from the center and overlapping it to the back of the board, adhering the edges to the back.
- While the Perfect Paper Adhesive is still wet, sprinkle a pinch of the Crystal Effectz over the piece. (You can’t really see it in the photo, but there is a beautiful, golden shimmer from the Crystal Effectz. More subtle than glitter.
- Mount the piece to a small rectangle of cardstock if you like, or use as is.
As with every project, there are variations. For instance, if you paint your board with a subtle color before adhering the napkins (light backgrounds are better, because the napkins are thin and a little transparent), you can tear out several smaller elements and adhere them to the board, without covering the entire board. Because you are using several pieces of napkin, rather than one larger piece, you will see more of a collage effect.
I’m going to use Christmas napkins to make some Christmas cards with this technique. (Maybe I’ll even start early…)
Other news–My daughter moved into her dorm late last week, and I’m full of happiness for her new adventure, yet missing my buddy terribly. She’s at a local university, though, so it’s really the best of both worlds. She’s spreading her wings and living independently, but I’ll get to see her more than if she were across the state (or the country!)